It’s the time of year when card makers start thinking about sending traditional handmade Valentine cards. Before I retired, I always made Valentines for those at my workplace. Now I have less of a need, but still like to make some heart themed cards around this time of year.
The three cards I’m sharing today have a traditional handmade Valentine feel with their red and white theme. I love the fresh, crisp look of these colors together!
My dilemma was this: Stampin’ Up! only has two heart themed stamp sets in the Occasions Catalog and other than these, nothing else Valentine specific. As a result, I went with heart themed cards and none of them with a “Happy Valentine’s Day” sentiment. However, each of these cards can easily be adapted to use on the day of hearts by changing out the sentiments.
Here’s the first of my traditional handmade Valentine cards. This is a quick and easy make!
- Heart was cut using the Sweet & Sassy Framelits dies (141707). I used the largest size on this card because I wanted the heart to be the focal point.
- The texture was added using the Sweetheart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (143705). You may wonder how I covered the entire piece with texture. The die cut heart fits at an angle in the CORNER of the embossing folder. That’s why the texture runs at an angle.
- Sentiment is from the Ribbon of Courage stamp set (Wood 143852, Clear 143855). This could easily be replaced with “Happy Valentine’s Day!”
Here’s Valentine card number two:
- All the hearts on this card were made with the Heart Happiness stamp set (145769) in the Occasions Catalog. This stamp set has a nice variety of hearts that can be used for ANY occasion!! And, most hearts can be cut out using the Sweet & Sassy Framelits dies.
- Sentiment words are found in the Petal Palette stamp set (Wood 145785, Clear 145788). After stamping, I cut them apart in order for them to fit on the card piece. Again, you can change the sentiment to “Happy Valentine’s Day!”
- Row of hearts was cut using the heart border die in the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits (137547). If you don’t have this die, you could also use punched heart shapes to create the border.
- The top dotted border was made using one of the dies in the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies (144678). This awesome die creates the neatest borders!!
Here’s my last card in today’s parade of traditional handmade Valentine cards. (The silver foil made this one hard to photograph.)
- I created this card using some leftover Christmas season die cut pieces!! The top and border pieces are cut with the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies (same die set I used for the border in my last card). I love their lacy borders and they spoke to me of Valentines.
- Adding the die cut red hearts quickly created the Valentine theme. All hearts were cut using the Sweet & Sassy Framelits dies.
- The center die cut element is found in the Petals & More Thinlits Dies (145655), which coordinate with the Petal Palette stamp set. (Both items can be purchased together in a bundle, Wood 145973, Clear 145974).
I know that none of these cards have the “Happy Valentine’s Day!” sentiment, but any one of these card ideas could easily be used as a Valentine just by changing the sentiment.
I hope you enjoyed the traditional handmade Valentine cards I shared with you today. I will have more Valentine inspiration on Wednesday, so make sure to stop back then!